Amazon Exploring MRE Style Food Packaging

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  1. rgMekanic

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    Amazon is looking into using the same technology to package MREs to store food for up to a year before shipping it to customers. has discussed selling ready-to-eat dishes such as beef stew and a vegetable frittata as soon as next year, officials at the startup firm marketing the technology told Reuters. Greg Spragg head of Solve For Food, plans to acquire a MATS machine from 915 Labs that can make 1,800 packages an hour.

    While MRE's aren't inherently bad, I dunno how much of a market there is for this. Unless the food is very inexpensive, and of a higher quality than frozen options in the supermarket, it seems like a bit of a gamble.

    The company has also filed for a trademark for cook-it-yourself meal-kits - a move that pushed down shares of Blue Apron Holdings Inc - but has not yet detailed its plans for ready-to-eat meal delivery.
     
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    I don't think 3000mg of sodium in a single meal is a good thing.
     
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    Eat nothing but MREs for 30 days and try saying this again :ROFLMAO:
     
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    This...I just think of a veggie omelette and want to barf.
     
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    This. I was just at REI and reading the labels made me nauseated. There are some healthier options nowadays but you're limiting yourself to like 1/5 of the stuff on the shelves.
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    If you're 25, healthy, in the sticks with snow on the ground, and you are hauling around 45 LBs of shit on your back everywhere you go, an MRE is all a growin boy needs.

    For everyone else, there's food.
     
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    I pick the flavors, my toilet hasn't had a challenge in a while
     
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    So totally this. Even some of the frozen organic and chemical free dishes I've tried have way too much sodium.
     
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    Well salt is organic :)
     
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    I ain't 25 and I'm doing just fine two weeks in the woods elk hunting on these. how yah like me now!
     
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    If you come out of the woods heavier then you went in don't be surprised.

    But it's OK, I like'em curvy (y) :kiss:
     
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    American MRE's are arguably trash. I watch Steve1989 on youtube (MRE reviews basically) and seeing some of the foreign country MREs (talking ingredients)... its just makes me think WTF.
     
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    Maybe, I spent a month with some Canadian troops and we swapped out rations. At first we loved the Canadian rations but you know what we learned, that it could be steak and caviar, if it's all you are eating for a month, you'll get sick of it all the same.
     
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    If you are at REI you are talking about rations that are meant to be eaten when you are exerting A LOT of extra effort. The same goes for MRE's. Your caloric burn and nutritional needs are way different than when you are playing games on your couch.
     
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    I'm thinking positive--Amazon could use these to solve a lot of the world's hunger problems in places like Africa, where any meal is preferable to starvation.
     
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    Well by the chemistry definition, no, it's not. No carbon involved.
     
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    I feel like this is the next fire phone.
     
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    You'll be replacing the porcelin.
     
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    I actually like MREs. Come at me bro.
     
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    They'd have to get em past the Warlords & Pirates first. Maybe do a dry run starting in Detroit first....
     
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    That's the irony
     
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    Amazon is the only place that has managed to deliver food that my Labrador refuses to eat. She'll eat the same food brand from petsmart, plus eats drywall, dogshit, deer shit, cat shit, and other random shit she finds laying in wet roadside ditches. I
     
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    Some are good, my issue with them is that half of them all US Army issued ones taste the same. I can't taste the difference between cheese tortellini and beef stew. I think it's all the sodium that just makes all the meals tastes like generic canned food. At least this applies to US MREs, not sure about other countries. The shit this guy eats from places like Russia and Canada look downright gourmet.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2I6Et1JkidnnbWgJFiMeHA
     
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    MRE are loaded with artificial preservatives.....eat those for a few weeks and it will take just as long to pass them out successfully. Holy crap i hated those things....only good items in those were very rare. The rest you questioned what they were actually trying to feed you because what it said it was did not taste like it.
     
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    Amazon is getting ready for Fallout 5.
     
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    Trading my skittles for some jalapeƱo cheese. Takers?

    Also don't mix the milk shake in your canteen, you'll be tasting milk shake for ever..

    We used to pull pranks with the left over tobasco bottles and put them in other people's canteens. This one time a guy didn't take a drink out of his for a long time and when he did we had forgotten we did it.
     
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    Yeah these are for guys like Navy Seals that need 5000 calories a day to just get out of bed. That level of calories would kill or give a SAS platoon obesity issues in a week though. Those guys are trained to run lean.

    Horses for courses.

    I remember watching several Army documentaries on the likes of the UK Paras and Marines and the key with MREs is you just mix the whole lot into one big stew and heat it up. Biscuits, beans, meat, cake, you name it, crumble it up and it goes in. Saves time and often makes it easier to eat.
     
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    Chilli Mac was the best for me, especially if it came with those glorious skittles. Especially during chem gear exercises.

    .....but I have NO IDEA why someone would want to do this voluntarily for an extended period of time.
     
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    Can't be anything wrong with a company getting to be as all encompassing as Amazon is trying to become, that much consolidation of power can't be a bad thing for the economy and consumers. /end sarcasm
     
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    Yeah but that's not really fair....I mean, I'm sure the Brits open their rations and go "Oy! This FOOOKIN SHITE AGAIN" (in my best...uh...British).......the Russian ones come with Brain pate'...I mean, you know, to one person: Classy! To another..."why not just toss some leftover organs in a bag and call it a day?".

    Amazon is probably looking into near-term storage, sort of like how Parmalat can sit on the shelf and not spoil, I doubt they're trying to re-create 1500-calories-per-sitting Survival Food.

    Also, much cred for Steve1989.....opening up WW2 rations...and eating them. And not dying. #Impressed.
     
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    >frittata

    thats not food by any definition

    wife and i went to a bed n breakfast place once in the mtns.. thats what they served for breakfast.

    it was like eggy cornbread

    meh
     
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    Most hunger in the world is not the result of lack of food but lack of access. Sometimes lack of infrastructure, but mostly poverty prevents people from attaining food.

    In areas where food is immediately needed, generally locally or nearby produced food is brought in rather than shipped from far away countries to bolster and reinforce local economies.
     
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    I was jk but yeah, I eat a lot out there, and random stuff. My wife makes lots of meals, sometimes MRE's, sometimes freeze dry. Hiking 15+ miles a day through the back country means I lose a LOT of weight, all that crap gained from gaming in the off season hehehe.
     
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    Let's put this on a tray...Nice!

    My gf has sat with me watching some of his videos on Netflix and she says his videos are boring (well I cant blame a girl for not finding 50year old army rations it as fascinating as I do) but she does say he has a charming and likeable presentation style.
     
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    He doesn't eat anything that could possibly be tainted by mold and viruses. He'll munch on some crackers or chocolate which usually don't spoil enough to make you sick. He did get food poisoning and went to the hospital 2 years ago due to a contaminated Ukrainian MRE.
     
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    Right, I'm with you. I'm in it for the history, and the curiosity, like most folks. I don't want to see the guy get sick, it's just really interesting to see what the guys in the trenches were chowing down on.

    Swinging back to topic: I think Amazon is trying to figure out a way to sell higher quality prepared meals with a shelf life of a week or two....but all I am thinking is less-salty ChefBoyArDee will be the result....or like...Nutrisystem or one of those pre-packaged nasty weight loss meals, like "Diet MRE's".......
     
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    MREs, although packed with sodium, are excellent for performance. I wasn't one of those FOBITS and was actually at a COP (Combat Outpost) for a year and these things served its purpose quite well. Definitely helped when we had to ruck up a steep mountain and camp up there for 2 days, definitely helped for all the other patrols we did.
    173rd, 1-503 PIR

    After I got out the Army I went to a big 10 school (Still here) and I walked onto the Division 1 Football team at the age of 26! They force hydration salts down our throats every morning which is not much different than MREs.
     
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